Dissiliaria surculosa—Dissiliaria—PICRODENDRACEAE

Dissiliaria surculosa

Link to Images on Flickr.

Habitat— Grows in well developed Rainforest and Gallery Forest.

Distribution— Endemic to Queensland. Occurs in Cape York Peninsula and North East Queensland. Known only from a few collections on the Rocky and Chester Rivers and the Cape Melville area. Altitudinal range from near sea level to about 100 m.

Description—Tree.

Local occurrences

The North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Coffs Harbour.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, toothed, leaf blade elliptic about 3 to 6 cm long, 1.5 to 2.5 cm. wide, apex acute, base cuneate, margin with about 11 to 14 teeth on each side, each tooth ending in an apiculate point. Midrib raised on the upper surface and lateral veins forming loops inside the blade margin. Stipules filiform or narrowly triangular, about 4 to 10 mm long, densely clothed in prostrate brown hairs. Terminal bud and axillary buds reddish. Stem clothed in short white hairs.

Dissiliaria surculosa
Dissiliaria surculosa

Inflorescence.— Male flowers: Flowers about 3-4 mm diam. on long filiform pedicels, white.

Flowering.— Autumn

Fruit.— Capsules without horns, about 7 mm wide before dehiscing. Seeds about 5 to 6 mm long.

Ripe.—Winter to Spring

Dissiliaria surculosa